Chandrapur: A sensational case of a poacher being electrocuted by wire laid in forest by his gang has come to fore in Virur police station. Investigations into a two-month old case of recovery of a mutilated body along the railway track, revealed that the victim, Namdeo Pandurang Pendor (17), was electrocuted during poaching and his aides had dumped his body near the railway track to sham it as an accident.
The incident dates back to August 18, when Namdeo, a resident of Amrutguda village, with his poaching mentor Sudhakar Wetti and three others had gone into dense forest on Maharashtra-Telangana state border on poaching expedition. Police said that Namdeo accidentally put his left leg over the wire laid in the jungle to kill the animals and got electrocuted.
The baffled fellow poachers, instead of taking his body back home, decided to sham his death as an accident. Accordingly, Wetti with the help of other accused Shakunath Meshram, Yadav Soma Pendor and Bhoju Bhima Pendor, chopped the charred left leg of Namdeo and dumped his body in a ditch along the railway track between Makodi and Sirpur railway stations that stands apart across the state border.
Initially Virur police had registered a case of accidental death. However, findings of post mortem report and suspicious elements like missing portion of left leg etc forced the cops to probe further into the case. Investigations led the cops to key accused Sudhakar Wetti, who confessed his crime during interrogation and gave the names of three other accused.
Virur police charged the four accused under Section 304 (homicide not amounting to murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of IPC and seized the electrification equipment that caused Namdeo's death and the axe that was used to chop the charred leg.
It is second instance of human death due to electrocution in jungle in the district. Earlier on November 8, 2011, forest labourer, Kalidas Meshram was killed after he stepped over the electrified wire laid for poaching in Chargaon forest (Saoli range) while he was accompanying the patrolling party of forest officials.